The James Catalogue Of Western Manuscripts


  • Shelfmark: O.4.19
  • Manuscript Title: Norden's Speculum Brittaniae
  • Alternative Title:   John Norden, Speculum Brittaniae
  • James Number: 1250  View Printed Catalogue Entry
  • Date: Cent. xvii early.
  • Physical Description: Well written.
  • Provenance: 
  • Donor: Part of the Gale collection, given to T.C.C. by Roger Gale in 1738. No old mark. (A. 61. No. 437.)
  • Size (cms): 31 x 19.5
  • Support: Paper
  • Language: English
  • Century: 17th century
  • Folio: cir. 200 ff.
  • Collation: 
  • Manuscript Summary:    

    This manuscript contains John Norden’s introduction and surveys of the counties of Middlesex, Hertfordshire and Cornwall compiled as part of series, Speculum Britanniae. The history of Cornwall also includes a fine series of manuscript maps of the Cornish hundreds that originally bound within MS Harl 6252.

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  • 1. A Brief declaration of ye Titles, Inhabitants, Divisions and Scituations of England or Britania major: a necessary introduction to our
    Speculum Britannia(e).

    2. Of Middlesex.
    The full work was printed in 1593. An original draft is in MS. Harl. 570.

    3. The discription of Hartfortshire.
    Printed in 1598. An original MS. is at Lambeth, no. 521.

    4. Speculi Britanniae Pars.
    A Topographicall and historicall description of Cornwall By the perambulacion view and deliniacion of John Norden.
    Paper (1 page) Touching your Maties Mineralls in Corn-wall signed Jo. Norden.
    Dedication to 'Jeames' I.
    Table of the mapp etc.
    Folding Map of Cornwall, coloured.
    The General History of the Duchie of Cornwall.
    Illustrated with pen and ink drawings, and folding coloured maps of each of the hundreds.
    It occupies 236 pages.
    Printed in 1728. The copy presented to James I. is MS. Harl. 6252.


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